I total get this after clearing my dads house last year. He was an avid collector of anything the Albion, stamps, coins, newspaper cuttings, irons, electric razors, hats, another words a hoarder. I was left to clear it all out and just couldn’t get rid of it in the end, charity shops wouldn’t touch it. In the end it go so much I had to pay a clearance company to come round and clear the final lot.
This experience changed my view of collecting, as for years I would buy and Albion programmes, fanzines etc and just put them away in the loft. For what?
Past few months have been sifting through them, gradually throwing them out, was hard a first as it’s the memories, but gets quite liberating. I still have some momentous ones left, big games, first game with the grandkids etc but I’ve got a lot of space now in the loft to start collecting stuff.
It’s about degrees of collecting I think.
Our home isn’t large and I ensure that the loft is empty. Every now and then we clear out unused clutter and clothing.
But I’ve use some space for vinyls, maps, nostalgic stuff.